Most common name for your generation?

(27 Posts)
Homophone Wed 06-Mar-13 22:28:17

I just made list of 100 friends for party we are having. All mid 30s-mid 40s

Most common names are:

Rebecca
Lucy
Kate

James
Richard
Matt

All actually nice names not out of place today.

forgetmenots Wed 06-Mar-13 23:24:50

Sarah (by some way)
Anne
Claire/Clare
Emma
Louise

Steven/Steve
David/Dave
Colin
Christopher
John

BeeBopDingALing Thu 07-Mar-13 00:08:59

Kelly
Kelly-Louise, actually any girls name with Louise popped on the end like they do with Rose or May now.
Louise
Claire
Emma
Katie
Sarah
- There were so many of all of the above in my year at school I couldn't even count.

Also popular but not quite so many,
Gemma
Sally
Laura
Alison

Matthew
Daniel
Ian
Ryan
Chris
Richard
Carl
Gareth
Bradley
Dean
Wayne
Simon

wigglesrock Thu 07-Mar-13 06:40:10

There were 4 Fionas in my primary school year. Catherine, Grainne and Roisin were also prevalent.

Boys wise : Michael, Ciaran and Luke are the ones I know the most of. I'm in my late 30s and in NI.

chickydoo Thu 07-Mar-13 06:49:12

We had tons of
Rebecca's
Sarah's
Alison's

John/jonathon
David/Dave
Paul
Michael/Mike
Tim
Richard

poshfrock Thu 07-Mar-13 06:57:03

I'm early 40s and these were the most common names at my school:
Rachel
Sarah
Catherine/Kate
Nicola
Louise/a
Joanne/a

I went to an all girls school so not so sure about boys but I think I remember the following as being pretty common at the time:
Stephen
Matthew
Robert
Martin
Nicholas
Mark
Christopher
David

None of my family have any of the above names though, male or female, and I'm one of five so I'm quite pleased that my parents were a bit more imaginative ( although I was going to be called Matthew if I'd been a boy).

Just looking at FB friends list

Sarah
Rachel
Clare/Claire
Rebecca
Charlotte

James
Richard
Michael
Andrew
Mark

Early 30s

Umlauf Thu 07-Mar-13 07:04:29

According to stats it was Jessica the year I was born. The most common names of people at school were Sarah, Emma, Rebecca.

Boys: Ben, James.

Anjou Thu 07-Mar-13 07:22:30

I'm mid-thirties and f

Anjou Thu 07-Mar-13 07:25:41

^ oops!

... And from south west England. Between primary and secondary school, I could name at least 5 f each of the following;

Emma
Lisa
Sarah
Nicola
Louise
Jane

Andrew
Matthew
Simon
Steven
Daniel
Chris

ISpyPlumPie Thu 07-Mar-13 07:36:59

Early 30s and the most popular at school were

Emma
Claire
Sarah
Jennifer

David
Michael
Paul
Andrew

MidnightMasquerader Thu 07-Mar-13 07:46:31

I actually went to school with some very unusual, one-off names, that I've never heard of before and since. Odd, since I grew up in a deeply middle class area. As well as lots of lovely under-used names, including two of the swans from Swan Lake.

Everyone always says there's far more diversity in names now, but I'm inclined to strongly disagree. There actually seems to be a relatively small pool of names that get used over and over these days. Olivia, Florence, Beatrice, Ruby, Daisy, Sophie, Grace, Millie et al, Isabella et al, Isla, Evie, Eva, Ava, etc, are all well and truly done.

The eyes-glaze-over names from my generation are probably Karen, Joanne, Angela, Andrea, Jennifer, Sarah, Claire, Lisa, Nicole/a, Jane, Bridget. All lovely names. But very, very, very familiar. Not as good with boys' names as I went to an all-girls' school. But Simon, Mark, Matthew, Andrew, Richard, etc, were all pretty standard.

AgathaPinchBottom Thu 07-Mar-13 08:45:52

i'm early thirties and I was at school with a million Emilys and some Sarahs and some Clares. my first three boyfriends were all called James. My best friend now is Jamie and I'm working with another Jamie - both same age.

botandhothered Thu 07-Mar-13 09:34:24

I'm late thirties.
Claire,Sarah, Karen, Emma, Alison,Lisa, Joanne, Louise, Rachel.
Boys Daniel, Mark,Christopher, Jason, Lee, Steven, David, Matthew.

Gwennan Thu 07-Mar-13 09:46:21

Mid-20s and I was at school with lots of Charlottes, Rebeccas, Toms, and Jameses.

FellNel Thu 07-Mar-13 10:04:45

Mine were:

Karen, Sharon, Debbie, Julie, Tracey, Jackie, Lisa

Steven, David, John, Paul, Mark, Gary, Andrew

FellNel Thu 07-Mar-13 10:05:07

mid to late forties, btw

FellNel Thu 07-Mar-13 10:06:12

Oh yes, and Joanne.

Cremolafoam Thu 07-Mar-13 10:08:02

Karen Helen Gillian

SoMuchToBits Thu 07-Mar-13 10:09:06

Alison
Clare
Deborah/Debra
Helen
Jane
Karen

Andrew
Christopher
David
John
Michael
Stephen

I'm 51

badtime Thu 07-Mar-13 10:23:14

Late 30s from Northern Ireland:

Deborah
Naomi
Judith
Ruth
Claire

And oddly enough, at one point in primary school, 3 girls out of the 15 or so in my class were called Barbara!

Tallyra Thu 07-Mar-13 10:44:49

I am early thirties in Kent and I have to say, I have great trouble with all the Chrises. Seriously, I know at least 7 of them and have to differentiate with their surname to other friends and family. Sarah's the post popular girls name amongst my friends too.

oohlaalaa Thu 07-Mar-13 12:38:08

Sarah and Andrew (born 1983)

Clawdy Thu 07-Mar-13 14:47:22

Christine
Susan
Anne

John
David
Steven Think I'm a bit older than lots of people on here!

Supersesame Thu 07-Mar-13 14:50:05

There were about 8 Andrew's in my year and 4 Jennifer's/Jenny's

vladthedisorganised Thu 07-Mar-13 15:01:46

Mid-30s.
School: Claire or Sarah for girls; David, James and Mark (or more usually, Marc) for boys

University: definitely Kate for girls; James, Ben or Ed for boys.

FreedomOfTheTess Thu 07-Mar-13 15:22:40

Early 30s and the popular names were Sarah, Claire, Rachel, Emma, Mark, James, Michael, and Andrew.

My mum was very surprised when DH and I named our daughter Sarah, as it was the super popular name for our generation, but we chose it for being timeless.

After all, Rachel and Claire both fell out of favour years ago, especially Claire which in 2011 "ranked" 817th. I was surprised to see how rapidly Claire/Clare (which is ranked even lower) fell out of favour.

Emma has remained strong though, so is also timeless.

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